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Sue H.

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    Sue Hriciga

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  1. PS I did read the newspaper article noted and looked at Hans website. Stuff looks legitimate, but just wondered what you thought... If we were to post this request, I don't think the General Message Board would be the appropriate place and probably should say members would be volunteering at own risk. Helping others is noble, but finding a dead body would be very traumatizing, folks receive special training for such work and rescue & recovery folks have debriefing protocols to assist in minimizing negative effects.
  2. So…what to do about this ? I just looked at floating trails for Merrimack charting… only displays River from Haverhill-Bradford area to Newburyport. I didn’t look for very long but couldn’t find charting online for Lowell to Haverhill. I don’t think there are any dams or fish ladders in that section, but I am not sure. Since there was next to no ice in the river this winter, it is less likely that a body would have been trapped and slowed down by ice over etc, getting hung up on debris is possible. The person has been missing for some time and I think one would have to look the entire length of the River from Lowell to Newburyport. This appeal was written oddly, do you think he is legitimate?
  3. Hi Folks, Just in case you have never explored what the Boston Harbor Islands has to offer, in particular the associated National Parks Service happenings, I wanted to fill you in on an interesting upcoming event. "Revolutionary Harbor: Storms, Weather & Climate in Boston Harbor" 3/29/23, 6:30-8:00 pm via Zoom (bostonharborislands.org/events), go to this website to register for free. Additionally, the general website (bostonharborislands.org) offers great information on all the islands to include bathroom and composting toilet locations, hiking trails, picnic areas, interpretive walks, rec programs, concessions and visitor centers. Let's plan a trip or two, early or late in our kayaking season to avoid boat traffic, no one wants to become a power boat speed bump! I look forward to any ideas you may have to explore our historic harbor islands. Your Prez, Sue
  4. Hello Fellow Paddlers, We are not waiting til the official start of summer (Summer Solstice 6/21/23) to hold our annual-start-of-the-summer club paddle ! Our Kick-Off Event will be as noted above, Saturday 6/3/23. Alternative dates will be the following weekend if the weather and associated sea states are too gnarly. As usual we are likely to have pods at different trip levels, although an effort will be made to support paddlers who want to begin to work on expanding their comfort zone. This will depend on the number and constellation of participants, and the pod facilitators available. As always, you will need to be an NSPN member and to have signed the participation agreement (waiver). More specifications regarding boats and kits required will follow, as the particulars of this event are ironed out. So the launch and return times, the event location, sign-up and other relevant details TBD. I have made this announcement to give you a glimmer of hope that warmer weather, sunshine and joyful paddling are on-the-horizon !!! Save the date, I hope to see you there ... whenever and wherever that there is ... Your Prez, Sue H
  5. Summer Skills sessions continue for 2023. Save the Dates ! Skills Practice sessions are a series of on-the-water events, offering NSPN members opportunities to practice and improve their fundamental paddling skills. These sessions will be held in coastal saltwater locations, allowing us to practice in a range of real-world conditions from protected water to open ocean. Each session is dedicated to specific kayaking skills, with peer facilitators from the club who will assist the practice and development of strokes and other ocean kayaking skills. The goal for these sessions is peer-facilitated practice, not professional coaching or instruction – those are great things, but not what we are offering with our sessions. Sessions will typically split into pods, each with its own facilitator(s). Although there will be a topic-of-the-day for each session, the activities of each pod are steered by its members, so not all pods will do the same things in the same way. All attendees are encouraged to contribute their own practice ideas. Skills Practice is a dogma-free zone! Who can benefit from Skills Practice? Any NSPN member, from newbie to expert, can get something out of a Skills Practice session. Practice at the level that works best for you. If you are familiar with a topic and want to help others gain that knowledge, consider being a facilitator. Is this some kind of official NSPN course on “How To Paddle” ? Nope, it’s not official, and it’s not even a set course. The focus is on picking up skills from each other, without prescribing any single way to paddle. What you get at a given session depends on who is there and your willingness to “practice” (sometimes this is simply listening, observing and asking questions, remember, you are in the driver’s seat!) Where and when does this happen? Sessions begin in the am (times TBD for a particular date) on Saturday or Sunday mornings at various locations in the North Shore/NH area. The end times may vary as we intend to incorporate a short journey after am sessions. See date listing below, and NSPN trip calendar for dates. Exact locations and activity focus will be announced a few days in advance to reflect weather and sea conditions. Want to attend a session? A link to a sign up form will be posted about 1-2 weeks before each session. There are no level requirements: all members are welcome. The number of slots will be limited depending on the number of facilitators available for a given session. However, some sessions may work best if you’ve done a preceding session that lays some foundation. What do I need? First, to be an NSPN Member and have a signed participation agreement! Our sessions use American Canoe Association insurance, so you will need either an annual ACA membership ($40) or a 1 day membership ($10) for each session that you attend. You will need a closed-deck sea kayak suitable for coastal paddling, with sealed bulkheads or float bags, and grab lines along the perimeter. Dressing for immersion and a spray skirt are required, and a helmet for any play near ledges or coastal rocks. Bring lunch, snacks, fluids for yourself and sunscreen. Optionally, bring a tow line, radio, and spare paddles. If you would like to practice using a tow line and don't have one, PM (Sue H) and the same goes for a helmet ! Want to facilitate a session pod? We want you on board to share your knowledge! Please PM (Sue H) with your availability, contact information, sessions of interest, experience helping other paddlers improve, and gear you may be able to lend. How does facilitation work? Although demonstration and explanation are part of the picture, the main aim of Skills Practice is to give paddlers the experience of performing a skill. This often involves breaking it down into clear, approachable steps. Before each session, we’ll have some online exchange among facilitators to share our thoughts. Got another question? Post it here or send a PM (Sue H). Tentative dates: Subject to change and will be kept up to date on the NSPN Calendar. Saturday 6/24/23 #1 Sunday 7/9/23 #2 Saturday 7/22/23 #3 Sunday 8/6/23 #4 Saturday 8/19/23 #5 Sunday 9/24/23 #6
  6. Hi Folks, I am considering putting together a demo day for the club. Please chime in on outfitters or others to approach for such an event. Thanks, Sue
  7. Hello Members, Please review the description of NTSKW on our calendar. If you are new to kayaking, and/or have a family member, or a friend who has expressed interest in kayaking, feel free to invite them to join you at the workshop through registering by email to [email protected] or on our calendar, or via Facebook and MeetUp. We will be looking for volunteers to bring boats, help with set-up and break-down of the event, and to mingle with potential NSPN members. Mike Habich will be reaching out to some of you to bring boats for demonstration purposes. I would like folks to PM (private message) me if available for general volunteering support of the event. I also encourage any member to casually stop by to show your enthusiasm for kayaking and our club. Sharing how you got started as a kayaker, how you developed your skills and your experiences on-the-water, can be very encouraging and inspiring to newcomers! Attached find the NTSKW agenda and NTSKW flyer (which you can print and hang at your local outdoor shop or coffee shop etc). This is an opportunity to pay-it-forward and to assist growing the kayak community ! I hope to see you there! Cheers, Sue 1168940739_2023NTSKWFlyer.pdfINSKW 2023 Agenda.pdf
  8. Another thing to consider is the parking, the lot will not accommodate a huge number of cars. I'm not sure how many, I'll ask someone who should know.
  9. Overall interested, I could consider the weekend of 5/13 and would be very interested in 8/26. I have stayed at the cabin at least once and many times attended workshops there. Can’t add much to what has already been said. The one time I did Georgetown circumnav. It was clockwise, launching from 5 Islands.
  10. Boosted and will test that am. Bringing West African Peanut Soup and Artisan bread. Looking forward to seeing you all !
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    Hello Members, NPSN is pleased to offer a Wilderness First Aid training with Todd Johnstone-Wright at the Gould Barn in Topsfield. This 16 hour course is "the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups."1 It meets requirements for ACA/BC certifications and Todd will tailor it to the interests and needs of paddlers. We will be in close contact, so all participants are required to test for covid before attending, with an expectation that one stay home if testing positive or if experiencing any respiratory illness symptoms. The course will be limited to 16 NSPN members and the cost is $205 each. The format will be both whole room lecture and small experiential learning groups, with much of the time spent outdoors (so dress for the weather). Registration is by payment here in our product store. RSVP to this calendar post does not register you for the course. If you need help with registration or payment, email [email protected] Feel free to private message me with any questions. Sue Hriciga, (Sue H.) 1 - https://www.soloschools.com/training-information/
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